The Bureau of Reincarnation

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Updates: No-path is now Unrestricted (with no bonus karma, items, or leaderboards), new path: Standard (bonus karma, new items for each class and SC/HC, leaderboards, perma-Standard restrictions), mention scrapped path ID 5 being shown, rewards being shown
The The Bureau of Reincarnation
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After-Afterlife Al, the President of Reincarnation:

"Heya, kid. Welcome to the Bureau. Gettin' bored up here? Ready to head back down there and give it another go? I gotcha covered."

Lifestyles

Casual

A casual incarnation means you'll be able to play through the game again with full access to the Meat and items you acquired in your last life, and no restrictions on your interactions with other players, but you won't be eligible for any ascension leaderboards. (11 Karma)

Normal

A normal incarnation means you'll play the game again with limited access to the items and Meat you acquired in your last life. You'll also be unable to receive items or buffs from other players for the first 1,000 turns of your new life. (111 Karma)

Hardcore

If you elect to play the game in Hardcore mode, you won't be able to receive any items, Meat, or buffs from other players (or from your own long-term storage) for the duration of the run. You will also not be able to retain any skills from previous normal ascensions, but you will retain any skills marked in your permanent skills list as hardcore. (211 Karma)

Paths

Paths are voluntary restrictions added to an incarnation. They make things more difficult, but come with powerful rewards!

Choosing the Casual lifestyle does not allow selecting a path.

Unrestricted

(no description) Rewards: class-appropriate piece of Unblemished Uniform (HC)

Boozetafarian

Path booze.gif Boozetafarians prefer to drink their dinners. And their lunches, and their breakfasts, and all of their snacks. On the Boozetafarian path you may not eat any food. (+12 Karma)

Teetotaler

Path teet.gif Teetotalers don't see why people feel the need to alter their perceptions in order to have a good time. On the Teetotaler path, you may not drink any booze. (+12 Karma)

Oxygenarian

Path oxy.gif Oxygenarians derive all of their nutrition and drunkenness from the very air. That's what they claim, at least. Oxygenarians may partake neither of food nor booze. (+26 Karma)
Rewards: class-appropriate piece of Transparent Trappings (HC)

Bees Hate You

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Summer 2011 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

Ever since you were a little kid, bees have hated you. But living well is the best revenge, so you're gonna power through it, and prove that the stings and arrows of every bee in the Kingdom aren't enough to stop a truly dedicated Adventurer.

Way of the Surprising Fist

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Fall 2011 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

You follow the teachings of the Ancient Masters of the Surprising Fist. You'll have to register your hands as deadly weapons, but it might be tricky to pay the registration fee on account of your vow of poverty.

Trendy

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Winter 2011 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

You're a slave to fashion -- a prisoner of style. You cannot use any item, skill or familiar that has been unavailable for more than one year. This includes Mr. Store items, holiday content, expired raffle items, and all other limited-time stuff.

Avatar of Boris

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Spring 2012 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

You're filled with the spirit of Boris, the voracious, ferocious, and prestigious Legendary Warrior of the Times of Old. Armed with only your trusty axe Trusty and your faithful minstrel Clancy, you'll use an entirely new set of skills to defeat the Sorceress.

Bugbear Invasion

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Summer 2012 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

A parallel universe in which the Kingdom has been invaded by hostile bugbears from a different parallel universe.

Zombie Slayer

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Fall 2012 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

The dead are rising! Okay, it's been known to happen from time to time -- zombies aren't exactly rare in the Kingdom -- but this time it's serious! Take up arms to fight the undead hordes, before the entire Kingdom falls to a zombie apocalypse!

Class Act

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Winter 2012 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

It's class warfare! You will only be able to use permed skills from your own class.

Avatar of Jarlsberg

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Spring 2013 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

You're filled with the spirit of Jarlsberg, the Legendary Wizard of the Times of Old. Armed with the secrets of the cosmos, you'll use an entirely new set of powerful spells to devastate your foes.

BIG!

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Summer 2013 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

You begin the game much larger (level 15), but all of the monsters are larger too!

KOLHS

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Fall 2013 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

Oh no, it wasn't a dream -- you really are back in high school!

Avatar of Sneaky Pete

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Spring 2014 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

You're filled with the spirit of Sneaky Pete, the Legendary Cool Guy of the Times of Old. Armed with sneaky thief skills and a cool talking motorcycle, you'll be the toast of the town.

Slow & Steady

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Summer 2014 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

You get 100 Adventures per day, no less and no more.
In-season reward: bottled day

Heavy Rains

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Fall 2014 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

Torrential rains have flooded the Kingdom, making everything extremely difficult. But you can rise to the challenge (seriously, this one is challenging) with the help of some powerful new skills.
In-season reward: beautiful rainbow

Picky

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Winter 2014 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

You can only take 3 familiars and 11 permed skills with you — pick wisely! (Familiar hatchlings and skill granting items may not be used.
In-season reward: picky tweezers

Standard (2015)

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2015 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

NOTE: Limited-time content from prior to 2013 is disallowed on this path.
Rewards: class-appropriate piece of Ceramic Suit (HC) or Synthetic Suit (Normal)

Actually Ed the Undying

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Spring 2015 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

Ed the Undying is back -- not that he ever left, really -- and he is super annoyed with a certain adventurer who stole something from him. Recover his/your property (yes, the perspective shift is even more confusing than usual on this one) with ancient curses, powerful spells, mummified servants, and the jackal-headed demons of the Underworld.
In-season reward: still-beating spleen

One Crazy Random Summer

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Summer 2015 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

All across Loathing, monsters have changed in strange and unpredictable ways.
Rewards: class-appropriate piece of dice gear

Community Service

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Fall 2015 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

The ultimate in real-life time savings. All Council Quests are replaced with single button-clicks!

Standard (2016)

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2016 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

NOTE: Limited-time content from prior to 2014 is disallowed on this path.
Rewards: class-appropriate piece of Bakelite Brigandine (HC) or Wicker Wear (Normal)

Avatar of West of Loathing

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Spring 2016 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

Play as one of the classes from the upcoming Asymmetric Publications smash hit West of Loathing!

The Source

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Summer 2016 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

Take the red pill, and peek behind the curtain of what you thought was the real world.
In-season reward: Bowl of Tastee-Wheet™

Nuclear Autumn

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Fall 2016 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

The rest of the planet was very recently destroyed by nuclear war, and the Kingdom is experiencing the very early stages of the apocalypse.
In-season reward: Adventurer bobblehead

Standard (2017)

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2017 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

NOTE: Limited-time content from prior to 2015 is disallowed on this path.
Rewards: class-appropriate piece of Wrought Wrappings (HC) or Aeroutfit (Normal)

Gelatinous Noob

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Spring 2017 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

You're a gelatinous cube with aspirations of humanity. Hungrily absorb items to gain power!

License to Adventure

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Summer 2017 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

You're a trained Loathing Operative, serving on His Majesty's Secret Service! Prepare to save the world over and over.
In-season reward: License To Kill

Live. Ascend. Repeat.

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Fall 2017 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

Time keeps repeating over and over and you need to break out.

Standard (2018)

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2018 Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

NOTE: Limited-time content from prior to 2016 is disallowed on this path.
Rewards: class-appropriate piece of Fiberglass Finery (HC) or Gabardine Guise (Normal)

Pocket Familiars

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2018 Spring Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

Instead of fighting monsters, pit your team of familiars against theirs!

G-Lover

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2018 Summer Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

You love 'G'! Any item, effect or skill without a 'G' in it just doesn't do anything for you.
In-season reward: Garland of Greatness

Disguises Delimit

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2018 Fall Challenge - (+100 Karma HC or +50 Karma Normal)

Everybody in the Kingdom is in disguise! Swap powerful masks with unidentified monsters!

References

  • The reincarnate button at the end of the page says "Once More Unto The Breach!", which is a line from Shakespeare's history Henry V, in Henry's well known speech.
  • The description of Bees Hate You refers to Hamlet's "To be or not to be" speech, also by Shakespeare.

Notes

  • See the ascension page for more details on the ascension options.
  • Trying to choose Bad Moon when you've bought any astral item will result in this message, with "Nah, lemme fix that" as the only reply:
    Sorry, but you can't take an astral pet or deli item in to a Bad Moon ascension. Are you trying to pull a fast one?
  • Choosing a moon sign which boosts gains of a stat other than your main results in a warning:
    This Moon sign might not be appropriate for the class you have chosen. Are you sure this is the one you want?
  • Choosing nothing from the Deli Lama results in a warning:
    You did not buy anything from the Deli Lama. Are you sure you don't want to?
  • Choosing the booze from the deli while going into Teetotaler, the food while going Boozetafarian, or either while going Oxygenarian results in a warning:
    Your purchase from the Deli may not be appropriate with this path. Are you sure that's what you want?
  • Choosing the booze from the deli while going into the KOLHS path results in a warning:
    Your purchase from the Deli may not be appropriate with this path. (High Schoolers are only allowed to drink illicit booze.) Are you sure that's what you want?
  • Choosing the food or booze from the Deli when ascending as an Avatar of Jarlsberg results in a warning:
    Your purchase from the Deli may not be appropriate with this path. (Jarlsberg can only consume food and booze that he conjures up himself.) Are you sure that's what you want?
  • Choosing the food or booze from the Deli when ascending as Actually Ed the Undying results in a warning:
    Your purchase from the Deli may not be appropriate with this path. (Ed may not have the organs to consume food and booze.) Are you sure that's what you want?
  • Choosing nothing from Pet Heaven results in a warning:
    Are you sure you want to reincarnate without an astral pet?
  • Choosing any astral weapon when ascending as an Avatar of Boris results in a warning:
    The Avatar of Boris won't use anything but Boris's trusty axe, Trusty. Are you sure you want to take that astral pet?
  • Choosing the astral shirt when ascending as a Zombie Slayer, Avatar of Boris, Avatar of Jarlsberg, or Actually Ed the Undying results in a warning:
    A Zombie Slayer has no need to cover his necromantic nipples, do you really want to take that astral pet?
    The Avatar of Boris has no need to cover his manly nipples, do you really want to take that astral pet?
    The Avatar of Jarlsberg has no need to cover his magical nipples, do you really want to take that astral pet?
    Ed predates the invention of shirts, do you really want to take that astral pet?
  • Choosing the astral pet sweater when ascending as an Avatar of Boris, Avatar of Jarlsberg, Avatar of Sneaky Pete, or Actually Ed the Undying results in a warning:
    The Avatar of Boris has no need of familiar companions, do you really want to take that astral pet?
    The Avatar of Jarlsberg has no need of familiar companions, do you really want to take that astral pet?
    The Avatar of Sneaky Pete has no need of familiar companions, do you really want to take that astral pet?
    Ed predates familiar companions, do you really want to take that astral pet?
  • Choosing nothing at Jermery's Permery results in a warning:
    Are you sure you want to reincarnate without marking any skills permanent?
  • Trying to ascend Normal or Hardcore if you've already ascended into a Normal or Hardcore run that day is not allowed:
    You may not start another non-casual run today. Sorry.
  • Standard is not several separate challenge paths, but one path. When the year changes, date restrictions will change accordingly.